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Making the Most of Your Last Weeks of Summer

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | Aug 24, 2015 11:56 AM

It's hard to believe summer is coming to a close, but if the "Back to School" signs are any indication, fall is just around the corner. And though there's so much to look forward to with a new school year and the impending season change, it's just not quite time to let go of summer. Not just yet.

The question then becomes: How do you make the most of what is left?

A month is a relatively long period of time when you consider its composition. A month, broken down, is generally comprised of 30 days. Each day is comprised of 24 hours, and 24 hours multiplied by 30 days is a full 720 hours. 720 hours multiplied by 60 minutes for each hour is a staggering 43,200 minutes.

43,200 minutes is what is left. Surely you can do something with that.

Here are a few ideas to make the most of your last 43,200 minutes of summer:

Hit the beach for the day.

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The time is coming when the water will be too cold to step foot in. Take advantage of the last heat-filled days by heading to the beach. Whether you're a lover of catching rays in the sand or learning how to skimboard in the waves, grab your sunscreen and a towel, and get your summer on at the beach.

Take a summer class.

Fall classes may be around the corner, but there's no need to wait to learn something new. If you've always wanted to learn how to swim, fish or make pottery, don't hesitate to sign up for lessons. Your local visitor's bureau is a great place to find out what's going on in your area.

Hike the trails.

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With the days starting to cool down, a walk in the park or on the trails is an ideal way to get some good exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Don't forget water bottles and some high-protein snacks to power up along the way.

Make homemade ice cream.

If you've never had the pleasure of making your own ice cream, it's time you give it a whirl. Make sure you have the ingredients you'll need. Maybe some fruit, chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and some heavy cream are on the list, but there are a variety of flavors and ways to make homemade ice cream. Load your freezer with your tasty concoctions or invite the neighbors over for an ice cream social.

Grab fresh produce at the farmer's market.

There's only so much fresh produce to go around during the summer, so grab what you can. Spend some time freezing and preserving fresh fruit and vegetables to be used and eaten over the coming months. Don't forget to enjoy some now, though, as there's nothing quite like fresh corn on the cob smothered in butter. Yum.

Put on a yard sale.

Getting rid of excess will help keep your home clutter-free this winter. Price out some of those items that you are no longer using or need and get a little extra cash to put toward savings.

Try out a summer sport.

Summer is the perfect time to practice your favorite sport or head to a game to see your favorite players. Whether you're into golf, tennis or the all-American game of baseball, spending a little time playing outside will do wonders for your health. Consider acting as host to a backyard game day, and invite friends and family to play a few rounds of croquet, badminton or bocce.

Summer doesn't have to be over quite yet. Make the most of your last 43,200 minutes, and try to incorporate a few of these ideas into your day. 

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